This is a non-spoilery review for Deadpool so please feel safe to read on. Let’s make the Chimichags!
Director: Tim Miller
Writers: Rhett Reese, Paul Wernick, Rob Liefeld (Character), Fabian Nicieza (Character)
Stars: Ryan Reynolds, Morena Baccarin, T.J. Miller, Gina Carano, Ed Skrein, Karan Soni, Stefan Kapicic,
When the opening credits are not the names of the actors and crew but things like “The British Villain,” “The Hot Chick,” “The Comedic Relief,” and directed by “An Overpaid Tool” you know you are in for a movie that knows exactly what it is. I love the Marvel movies, but the string of origin stories have started to blur together and the incessant need to have everything sync up can make a person feel a little wary. Deadpool came at a perfect time as he is not only the picture perfect anti-hero, but the movie itself is a perfect anti-comic book film. Most of the story is told in a non-linear fashion, plenty of the fourth wall breakthroughs, and unbelievable amounts of parody on Ryan Reynolds and the X-Men franchisees. At one point Deadpool is being dragged off to see Professor X and he asks, “McAvoy or Stewart?” and makes a comment that we only get to see Colossus (Kapicic) and Negasonic Teenage Warhead (Hildebrand) because there was not enough money to have more.
You have watched the trailers and the TV spots you don’t need me to over explain the plot, Wade Wilson (Reynolds) gets cancer and joins up with a shady group of people to be cured and gain some powers. But the people giving him all these things are bad guys and he is dead set on getting his revenge on them for destroying his amazing good looks and torturing him. Lots of blood and dead bodies pile up along the way and we have a really good time watching.
Deadpool is essentially a love letter to us comic book fans. We begged for this movie and Reynolds, Reese, Wernick, and Miller gave it to us. Deadpool pulls no punches as he has special crocs and a stuffed unicorn just for masturbation. There is a lot of obsession with both Hugh Jackman and Wolverine that simultaneously shows love for both the man and character, but hates on them as well since X-Men Origins: The Wolverine was our initial cinematic introduction to Wade Wilson. The action sequences are fast and beautifully acrobatic mix of guns, katanas, and hand to hand combat.
The supporting characters get to have some fun as Weasel (Miller), Wilson’s friend and weapons supplier has some great one liners and bails on the action because he completely useless. Baccarin shines as Vanessa, Wilson’s fiancée, going toe to toe with Reynolds not allowing him to run away with every scene they share. She even gets a couple of badass moments. But what really helps the character of Deadpool sparkle is the interactions with Colossus and Negasonic. Colossus is hell bent on making Deadpool an X-Men and lectures constantly about what it means to be a hero much to Deadpool’s frustration. Negasonic is a typical angsty youth firing snarky comments right back at Deadpool when he starts on the Shane O’Conner jokes.
The only real bummer is the villains. I feel like I constantly complain about the bad guys in comic book movies. With the exception of a couple, they end up being one dimensional. The fun of a good action movie is having a really great villain. Ajax (Skrein) is just an evil scientist who runs the experiments on Wilson and others while Angel Dust (Carano) is downgraded to a henchman. Both are essentially human traffickers and have no other motivation other than it makes them good money. Someone please go and buy these comic book movie screen writers a copy of Die Hard or even Face/Off so they can learn how to write good villains.
But when Deadpool does his big entrance to ”X Gonna Give it to Ya” I got the chills and immediately couldn’t care less about how crappy the villains were. That is what this movie does best, it wins you over with its foul-mouthed charm and makes you overlook any flaws that might be there.
It is not a stretch to say that Deadpool could be a major game changer to how superhero movies could be made in the future. It should hopefully open the door to some of other hardcore characters to not get the PG-13 neutering from studios. It probably won’t change Marvel Studios’ mind anytime soon, but it may get Warner Brothers to take a closer look at some of the DC characters waiting in the wings.
5 out 5 Stars